Tobias Lund

Tobias Drevland Lund, an MP for Norway’s radical left party Rødt (Red Party), speaks to Federico Fuentes about the party's rise and response to Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Norwegian left party Rødt (Red Party) MP Tobias Drevland Lund outlines the reaction in Norway to Russia’s war of aggression and the prospects for a progressive and sustainable security infrastructure in Europe.

The left bloc, spearheaded by the Labour Party, has won an important victory in the Norwegian election, reports Farooq Sulehria.

Despite its clean, green image, Norway has been called out as a “climate hypocrite” due to its reliance on extractive industries, write Gabriele Giacomo Catania and Benedicte Meydel.

Norwegian parliamentarian Bjornar Moxnes has officially nominated the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights for a Nobel Peace Prize. The leader of the left-wing Red Party explained that the BDS “should be supported without reservation by all democratically-minded people and states”.

When you think of Western capitalism and imperialism, what usually comes to mind are aggressive superpowers such as the US, Britain, France or Germany. Northern European nations such as Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden, on the other hand, are seen as good-natured and insular, often used as examples of the way governments around the world should treat their citizens.

Oslo tribute

The horrific July 22 terrorist massacre in Norway should be the cause for a lot of soul searching in the West. The massacre by Anders Behring Breivik at the youth camp of the Labour Party on the island of Utoya, and the bombing of government buildings in Oslo, were motivated by a fanatical belief that the Labour Party, the senior partner in a coalition government, was “betraying” Norway by being too soft on migrants and Muslims.

An estimated 76 people died in Norway at the hands of a far-right fanatic whose connections to the organized racists and Islamophobes extend to the anti-Muslim bigots in the US. Anders Behring Breivik is accused of setting a car bomb in downtown Oslo. At least seven people died in the blast in front of the oil ministry, but which also apparently targeted a 17-story office tower that contained the offices of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, leader of the governing Labor Party.
'Rose march' in Oslo, 25 July 2001.

Farooq Tariq, a spokesperson for the Labour Party Pakistan, released this article on July 24. It is reprinted from Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières.

OSLO — On May 23, 43 organisations signed a letter to the Moroccan government demanding an immediate end to its attacks on Sahrawi students. Since early May, Moroccan police have been on an offensive against Sahrawi students at colleges and universities throughout Morocco and Western Sahara. Dozens of students have been beaten, arrested and detained and there have been reports of sexual abuse and harassment of victims in hospital. On May 9, Sultana Khaya, while peacefully calling for the release of fellow students, was brutally attacked by police, leaving her blind in one eye. The violence is also disrupting students’ final preparation for June exams. The letter called on the Moroccan government to release the arrested students, guarantee the Sahrawi students’ physical safety and freedom of expression, prosecute those responsible for the violence, and “address the underlying legitimate grievances of the Sahrawi students by respecting human rights in occupied Western Sahara and allowing for a free, fair and transparent referendum on independence in the occupied territory”.